What would make the 2019 NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo more dangerous than what we’ve seen on a basketball court? A consistent jumper. Much like Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons, the Greek Freak’s main weakness in his game is the lack of an outside jumper.
The Bucks signed a free agent that should do wonders for his game, in veteran sharpshooter Kyle Korver. Today we will discuss whether Korver’s role on the Bucks and provide an outlook on the upcoming 2019 NBA season.
A true marksman
Korver is one of the most consistent 3-point shooters the league has ever seen. For his career, he sits at 42.9% which is ninth all-time. He has put up four seasons with 45% or higher from behind the arc including a 53% season. He can flat out shoot it when compared to the greatest in the game, but he is consistently overlooked.
This is why we think he will be perfect for a Bucks team that will be without Malcolm Brogdon, who is now with the Pacers.
What would this do to Giannis’ game?
If Giannis started making consistent shots from the perimeter, we could be looking at a player that can put up numbers ranging into 30+ point, 12+ rebounds per game range. Last year he averaged 27 points and 12 rebounds per game while shooting under 26% from 3-point range.
This inconsistency made it easy for the Raptors to shut him down during the Eastern Conference Finals. They just loaded up the box and forced him to either shoot the ball from the perimeter or give it up to someone else, disrupting the flow of the Bucks offense.
Bringing Korver in to a role position on the roster gives them another shooter that can consistently knock down threes and if Giannis can make two or three perimeter jumpers per game, it could do wonders for the offense. Last season Antetokounmpo shot 38% from the field in the 10-16 feet range, and 41% from 16 feet to the 3-point line.
Taking one step back and being able to hit the three at even a 30% clip will make him the league’s most dangerous offensive weapon. He could secure his second straight MVP award and still just reach the surface of his potential ceiling.
How good will Milwaukee be this season?
Can the Milwaukee Bucks finish with the No. 1 seed in the East again? If the Greek Freak starts knocking down more threes, and is able to freeze defenders on the fast break with a pull-up jumper, the rest of the Eastern Conference and will have a lot more to worry about.
Philadelphia is viewed as the best starting lineup on paper, and Boston still has the most depth from one to eight, but the reigning MVP doesn’t have Kawhi Leonard around to get in his head come playoff time. The Bucks won’t get to 60 wins again, but they should end up with the No. 1 seed and reach 50 for the second consecutive season.
Do you think Giannis will get better at shooting the ball?
Will the Giannis Antetokounmpo get better because of Kyle Korver? We think there’s a strong possibility for it and are excited to see how he incorporates a consistent jumper into his offensive skill set this upcoming season. With Korver having experience in head coach Mike Budenholzer’s offense, a 30 point per game season isn’t out of the question.